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Transportation: The town of Bryn Mawr is only three blocks away, and there are two trains into Philly, the R5 and R100.

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Transportation: The transportation department runs a shuttle to the train station at night, and often Public Safety will give you a ride if you get stranded in Philly or somewhere else. There's a weekend Blue Bus run that stops at the grocery store in town, as well, if you don't want to carry groceries. Blue Buses that run to Haverford do so regularly from 6 a.m. until after midnight.

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Transportation: Bryn Mawr is just a short ride on the rail system from Philadelphia. This system also enables BMC students to travel to all of the other Main Line towns including Haverford, which is also accessible by the free and consistently running Blue Bus. Vans also run to Swarthmore. These are free, but they run less frequently than the Bi-College Blue Bus.

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Transportation: There is no public transportation to speak of for Bryn Mawr and the Main Line. You will walk, bike, and meet friends with a cars. The school runs shuttles to Haverford and Swarthmore, though. There is a SEPTA train about a block from the school that goes directly into Philly which is fine. Once in Philly, walk-or use the paltry excuse for a subway if you really, really must.

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Transportation: The train station is a few minutes walk off campus, making it easy to get around Philly. You can pretty much walk to any place in Bryn Mawr. You can even take the train right up the road to Haverford or Ardmore for around $2.50 if you want.

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Transportation: I come from New York City, so I'm used to a very convenient system, but at Bryn Mawr the situation is pretty good. The R5 train stops two blocks from campus and can get you all along the Main Line, including right into Philadelphia. At Bryn Mawr, there's also the Blue Bus, which can get you to Haverford in five minutes, as well as the Swat Van that takes students to Swarthmore. Both run very frequently and are free.

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Transportation: It's very easy to get into the city on the train, but getting around the suburbs can be challenging sometimes. SEPTA isn't great, but you can get to most places without too much difficulty.

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Transportation: Public transportation is open to suggestions for expanding their route and doing independent hauling of people when they have the time. However, since cars are expensive and a pain to park, plan on going on foot.

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Transportation: The SEPTA train is very convenient, and it runs up and down the Main Line and into Philly. It is a little expensive, though.

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Transportation: The SEPTA system is quite good for going to nearby towns, but it's a tad expensive. The Blue Bus takes students between Bryn Mawr and Haverford on a regular and usually convenient basis, and the campus shuttle is good for getting to the far corners of campus; not that you really need it, but it's nice if it's raining or dark or something. The Swarthmore Van takes students to Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore campuses on an incomprehensible and usually inconvenient schedule, but one which it's possible to deal with if you have classes at Swat.

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Academics: At a small school, course selections can seem limited. However, with options at Haverford, Swarthmore, and Penn, it's hard to complain.

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Academics: I have found that every one of my professors is interested in not only my understanding the material, but my reactions to the way in which the class is structured and any suggestions I might have to better the class. It is really a joint-learning atmosphere.

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Academics: Professors are more like students. They act as fellow learners in the classrooms who can learn as much from you as a student as you learn from them as professors. They often invite students out for coffee or for dinner parties in their homes at the end of the semester, and they really make students feel important.

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Academics: Professors are, for the most part, excellent, compassionate, engaging, and brilliant people. Teachers here treat you as intellectual equals, and are willing to go out of their way to ensure that you succeed.

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Academics: Having worked at an international news agency abroad and a political think tank in New York, my employers were consistently impressed with the breadth of knowledge and understanding that I possessed as an undergraduate. The economics courses I have taken have also served to provide a strong financial and market-based way of looking at political issues, which is often foreign to people in that field.

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Academics: I would say that the professors and classes I have been privileged to have at Bryn Mawr are extremely intense, but they have provided me with an invaluable, multi-faceted base of knowledge.

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Academics: Classes are intimate, so the quality of the class depends a lot on the quality of the group of students in it.

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Academics: The professors at Bryn Mawr offered me more than I could have ever hoped for in four years. They were engaging, interested, accessible, and always ready to challenge, as well as reward. I not only learned a lot about the subject at hand, but a lot about myself and my abilities. Each one of my classes, no matter what discipline, gave me an opportunity to think critically, work independently as well as in groups, and practice the research and writing skills that are valued in a work environment.

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Academics: Most classes here are interesting. They are not generic subjects but are focused on a few central questions or ideas, even survey courses. Sometimes this means you get less breadth, but you get plenty of depth.

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Academics: Teachers were prepared for class, engaged, and excited about what they were teaching. They all had very high standards, but were understanding and practical in their construction of the course. Professors focus on our potential and success. They always had time or made time, for one-on-ones. No professor was `easy.'

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Local Area: Bryn Mawr is a fairly boring suburb. I spend most of my time on campus or at Haverford. I like the Point, a local coffee shop and music venue.

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Local Area: Bryn Mawr is an upscale suburban town that is able to balance the demands of soccer moms and liberal Mawrters.

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Local Area: Bryn Mawr, as a town, is pretty soulless.

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Local Area: I love Bryn Mawr. Though a mecca for Landrovers and Tiffany necklaces, the mansions and crowded parking lots are part of the charm. There are a plethora of restaurants and coffee shops along with bookstores and bars.

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Local Area: The town itself is extremely small and fairly boring, with many things closing early at night. A few bars and a coffee shop/music venue are the only things in town. Visit nearby diversions, such as the Barnes Collection, Manayunk, the Point coffee shop/music spot, and Superfresh grocery in Ardmore.

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Like any highly-rated liberal arts college, Bryn Mawr provides a stellar education to a vibrant student body on a campus so beautiful that sometimes it looks surreal. During the school year, especially in the dead of winter, it is easy to overlook these tremendous offerings and instead focus on the massive amount of work, as it contrasts to what can seem like a dearth of social opportunities. These are the times where some freshmen consider transferring.

Traditions help lighten the mood on campus, and despite what seems to be stress oozing out of every pore, most students manage to do a lot more than just handle their school work-though everyone agrees that academics is a priority. In the end, students are most proud of their academic work, but also fond of the school and experiences that they had here. Mawrters come to Bryn Mawr to benefit from the faculty and coursework the school is known for. Some women find the lack of boys on campus difficult to adjust to, or they find the general smallness of the campus undesirable, but in the end, most stay for the same reason they came: academics. When it's over, few look back on the decision with regret.

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